|8/27/2013 1:26:00 PM|
Football returns core players
Fifty-two athletes came out for Outlaws football this season, and the coaching staff is excited about the increased number of players. Gary Hedin, who served as temporary coach last year, has officially taken over and will enter his first year as the Outlaws head coach.
Twelve players return to the squad, including five seasoned seniors. Lane Adams and Kyle Wattenburg, both third-year varsity players, will play on the offensive line and are expected to provide great blocking for the team. Nathan Kaping is one of the team leaders and will play on offense and defense. Kaping will play at outside linebacker and is in the mix as one of the Outlaws' running backs. Tristen Kirsher will play tight end and also see time at wide receiver and at linebacker.
"Having Tristen at tight end will allow us to attack the middle of the field and put pressure on the defense," said Hedin.
Jens Stadeli is a defensive back and a receiver. Hedin told The Nugget that Stadeli has a good understanding of the passing game and will play multiple positions.
"I can put Jens in at any receiver spot and he will get the job done," Hedin said.
Seven juniors round out the returning players and include Lane Gladden, Tristen Lewis, Conner Gellings, Teagan Bloss, Ty Stout, Reilly Papworth and Josh Andradi.
Gladden has emerged as one of the Outlaws' main receivers, and the coaches have high expectations for him this season. Lane will also see some time at defensive back.
Lewis will start his second year as quarterback.
"Tristen is stronger this year and can throw the ball much further than he did last year," said Hedin. "He understands what we need from him for our offense to be effective."
Gellings, Bloss, and Stout will all play at linebacker and at running back. Papworth will help out on the offensive line and Andradi will be the Outlaws kicker.
"Josh has a strong leg and I expect him to put a few into the end zone on kickoffs," said Hedin.
Seniors Blake Neany, Austin Ogilvie and Michael Zoorhies are new to the team this year. Ogilvie and Zoorhies will start for the Outlaws on the offensive line in their game against McLoughlin.
Shane Cormalis, Cody Kreminsky and Tim Streeter (juniors) are also out for their first season on varsity. Rounding out the roster will be 12 sophomores: Rory Peterson, who will start on the offensive line, Gary Jacques, Chance Halley, Devin Slaughter, Isaac Mackenzie, Logan Schutte, Mitchel Gibney, Tyler Cross, Mark Fish, Ty Martin, Gabe Isle and Sam Patton.
Hedin noted the sophomores will help out on special teams and will also play on the Frosh/Sophomore team.
Of the team and the season ahead Hedin said, "These are great kids to coach. I expect the seniors to lead this team and get us back into the playoffs, but we'll have to continue to work hard to get there.
"We've only been practicing a week and we are still figuring out where kids will play and contribute," added Hedin. "One nice thing is that we've got a lot of kids who can play multiple positions. We've got five or six wide receivers and running backs and four or five we feel we can put in the backfield and do a good job for us. It's a nice position to be in. It's also nice to have so many kids out and they are all doing a great job."
The Outlaws will play at home against McLoughlin on Friday, August 30. Sisters will travel to Burns on Friday, September 6.
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